News While Isolated Inside

Fickle Mother Nature decided to dump snow and ice on middle Tennessee recently, leading me to reflect on current and upcoming work.

As part of the constant struggle to market books as an unknown writer, I’ve added my stories to Bookshop which focuses on local indie bookstores throughout the nation.

For those who’ve been following my series, I’ve also put all of the Ray Irish Occult Mysteries into a single volume. Four books from Ray Irish arriving at Oyster City to his final confrontation against Andras. It’s available on Kindle Unlimited.

As for new work, I’m plodding along with a new fantasy called Shadow over Charax which is nearly complete. I’ll follow up soon with other news of projects and work that’s coming.

The Writing Never Stops

It’s been awhile since I’ve found time to post. Finally put the fourth and final book of the Ray Irish series into publication. Highlights below from the latest on Amazon (paperback and ebook).

Otherwise, more stories are coming in the next year. There is a follow up book to The Curse of Blackbane called Under a Red Moon (hopefully Spring 2021)

And another book in the Clovel Sword Saga coming in summer of 2021 (I guess I’m trying to sound like a Marvel trailer…lol). It’s called A Blood Debt

Finally, another work is coming in the next year that I’ve been working on for a while now. Called the Shadow Over Charax, it is a fantasy story set in a world of necromancy and 16th century arms. However, humanity is falling under the control of a necromancer named Grymr who sends his Gravers upon the last bastions of civilization. The fortress island of Charax is one of the few places not controlled by However, much like the society inside, the city is a decaying symbol of the past. Strict social and economic stratification allows the Chara to control the island along with the help of pirates who dominate the waters.

It’s Finished – Book 4 of the Ray Irish Coming Soon!

I’m pleased to say that No Remedy Against Death will be available around Thanksgiving after wrapping it up the second draft last night. Final edits will begin in Oct. This book is the final book of the series so it took quite a bit of work (more than I expected) to wrap up the story and some of the dangling strings from the other books.

You can find them all at the link below. Additionally, I plan on an Omnibus of the series in one ebook like the Clovel Sword Chronicles.

You can start the series for only 99 cents at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc.

Next Up!

No rest for the weary as I have more stories to complete as well as scripts for the Creepsi Twisted Tales (comic book series) that I’m working on. The link goes to the domain and information about the series.

Coming books

A Blood Debt – Book 4 of the Clovel Sword Sagas is in the pipeline, along with Dream Wraith and the second book to Curse of Blackbane.

Looking for Beta Readers

With the draft nearly completed on my upcoming work The Curse of Blackbane, I’m looking for Beta Readers among those who’ve an interest in my stories. It’s the first book of a new historical supernatural dark fantasy series.

Set in the 1780s in Europe, a brutal pirate tries to escape the curse of his evil past. Hunted by one of the seven princes of Hell, Blackbane has a vision from an obscure saint which might help remove the curse. Unexpected aid from a man who calls himself the Black Monk finds him an ally. However, the fat man who attaches himself to the pirate captain has secrets of his own. Following a brutal encounter with a demon and its offspring, the men find their loyalty tested. When a French duchess becomes involved, Blackbane learns that his past continues to follow him.

Start of 2020 – Latest News

After several requests, I’m pleased to announce that my Clovel Sword Saga Volume 1-3 is now available on Kindle Unlimited. A paperback version is also in the works and should roll out in the next couple of weeks.

These backstories were previously released as stand alone novellas. Now you can read the combined edition on Kindle Unlimited. The early adventures about Urith of Esterblud focus on his unsettled past as a mercenary fighter and treasure seeker.

Other Works in Progress

My Christmas kept me busy with new ideas and story lines coming. The following is a tentative schedule for upcoming releases. You can follow the real time progress with the draft chapters that I put out on Wattpad. Click on the links below to find out more.

First out of the gate for 2020 is the follow on story of the Clovel Sword Saga. The Bleeding Mountains novel finds Urith seeking work as a mercenary in the troubled lands of Rarfell. Right now it looks like a late February release date on all the online retailers.

The Curse of Blackbane should follow in mid summer. This is my first real push into historical fantasy. If you like pirates, angels, and demons, this story could fit the bill for you.

Shadow over Charax is probably the next book released in 2020. In a fantasy world falling under the dark shadow of necromancy, a smuggler must escape the clutches of the undead.

For those waiting on the next Ray Irish book, I suspect that will finish in late 2020 since I’ve just begun working on it. However, I might become suddenly inspired to bring Black Hanna (my first horror story), Madness of Dreams (horror, dark fantasy), or Dream Wraith (portal fantasy) into the top of my list. Sometimes the characters just want to get out.

Graves Peril – Another work in progress on Wattpad!

Black Friday from the Author

Well, it’s close to another Christmas (and my links to 50% off printed books are below).

Latest news: I’m wrapping up work on two more books (hopefully to be complete by end of the year). Here are their working titles and a short description about the stories. You can find

The Bleeding Mountains: A Clovel Sword Saga (click link to read the first two draft chapters on Wattpad)

This is Saga #4 and a full book of Urith’s adventures in the time before the Clovel Sword Chronicles. Not long after the death of his wife and father, the Esterblud warrior travels into the kingdom of Rarfell as a volunteer to fight against a tribe known as the Borrs. Before he joins the volunteers, the capital city is overrun and the king killed.

In a series of twists and turns, Urith finds himself escaping with the young queen and a new comrade. However, their freedom is short lived and Urith nearly dies. Returning to kill his betrayer, the Esterblud must grapple with his need for vengeance and the honorable ideals to help those in need. To make things worse, Urith finds himself in unfamiliar waters of diplomacy trying to stop an embittered queen from causing a war between his homeland and the powerful kingdom of Cahmais.

Shadow Over Charax – A new fantasy book. (click link to read the first two draft chapters on Wattpad)

It is a world where the necromancer, Pirwa, extends his power over the remaining kingdoms using the cruel butchery of his undead ‘gravers’. Pirwa plans to unleash his hordes upon the last two bastions of those who follow the ways of the Chara.

The fortress island of Charax is one spot that stands in the way of the necromancer. However, the fortress is much like the society, a decaying symbol of the past. Strict social and economic stratification allows the Chara to control the island along with the help of pirates who dominate the waters.

When an offer of quick wealth leads Hilko, a young smuggler, into his betrayal. The man uses his ability to communicate with ghosts to aid in his escape. Ending up on a ship filled with pirates, Hilko slowly understands the power of the object he’s stolen. In his quest to avoid the ‘gravers’ and comrades with ulterior motives, Hilko discovers that true friendship and loyalty can come from any social class, living and dead.

Christmas Savings on MY PRINT BOOKS

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Draft Updates on Wattpad

To keep my blog refreshed on a consistent basis, I’ll be sharing my draft updates as they occur on Wattpad.

You can find most of my stories out there. I invite you to take a look if you’re interested in the development of the stories.

I’ve been working on another follow up story called Grave’s Peril that follows the Infinite Loop story arc. You can see that below. Please excuse the cover which is strictly for the draft.

Curse of Blackbane is another story in it’s early stages which is a dark fantasy based in the age of pirates. Again, just a couple of chapters available for the first draft.

Drafts of Upcoming Books on Wattpad

As part of my efforts to engage my readers more directly, I’ve started using Wattpad to reveal my drafts as I work on a couple of books. You can find some of my finished works out there as well. I’m using just rudimentary covers for the drafts and the editing is a work in progress. However, if you’re interested in my process for writing, just stop by and give me your feedback.

https://www.wattpad.com/story/198531972-graves-peril

https://www.wattpad.com/story/198718433-the-curse-of-blackbane

I’m always interested in your thoughts and suggestions.